Medical and Regulatory Affairs

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

Asia-Pacific – Taking Device Clinical Development to the USA and Europe: Understanding the Changes & Leveraging the Opportunity

Medical devices play an increasingly critical role in the health and quality of life for millions of people worldwide. While clinical trials for medical devices have many similarities to those for pharmaceuticals, the regulatory evaluation of devices is distinct from that of drugs – and there are critical differences in the way the device trials...

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

iPSP Considerations for Molecularly Targeted Cancer Drugs

With the passage of the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) of 2003, drug manufacturers were required to submit an initial pediatric study plan (iPSP) prior to commencement of Phase 3 studies (or new drug application [NDA]/biologics license application [BLA] submission in the absence of a Phase 3 study) for studies involving a new active ingredient,...

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

5 Things to Know About the FDA RACE for Children Act

The Research to Accelerate Cures and Equity (RACE) for Children Act aims to improve and expand treatment options for pediatric cancer patients by mandating that all new adult oncology drugs also be tested in children when the molecular targets are relevant to a particular childhood cancer. Enacted August 18, 2017, as part of the Food...

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Snapshot: A New Guidance Document Program From the FDA

As a regulatory affairs professional advising various stakeholders on the interpretation and implementation of guidance documents from the FDA, I can safely say that the task is challenging in the best of cases. FDA guidance documents have a tendency to be vague and difficult to decode. As experts, we are always debating about what the...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Premier Insight 272: Delivering the Global Expertise Required to Coordinate a Pediatric Gene Therapy Trial

With their potential for long-term or even curative efficacy, gene therapies are of great interest to researchers, clinicians, patients and caregivers alike. But coordinating and conducting a global, multi-center gene therapy trial is a complex, high-risk undertaking. Beyond the usual protocols and procedures required to ensure patient safety and data quality, gene therapy studies must...

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

Why Did My NDA Become a BLA on March 23, 2020?

During these challenging times when the world is focused on COVID-19 and the matters at hand, it’s understandable if you didn’t take much notice of March 23 as a significant date – one that’s been on the FDA’s radar for a while. March 23, 2020, was the date when certain New Drug Applications (NDAs) were...

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UPDATE – Draft FDA Guidance Concerning Combination Products

As those working in the development of combination products likely know, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two new draft guidances in December 2019. The guidances – Requesting FDA Feedback on Combination Products and Bridging for Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products– were published in response to the 21st Century Cures Act and Prescription Drug...

Medical and Regulatory Affairs

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Transdermal Product Development

Transdermal and topical delivery systems (TDS) are important dosage forms that allow delivery of a drug to local tissue or provide systemic delivery through the skin. These drug products provide a number of advantages for patients, but can be challenging to develop. In November 2019, the FDA issued a draft guidance entitled Transdermal and Topical...

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INTERACT Meetings: Streamlining Early Clinical Development

In October 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Standard Operating Policy and Procedure (SOPP) – SOPP 8214 Version 1.0: INTERACT Meetings with Sponsors for Drugs and Biological Products. This document details recommendations for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)’s engagement with sponsors (such as industry and investigators) in an early development...

Clinical Research: Phase 1 - Phase 4

Contract Pharma – Realizing the Full Potential of Precision Medicine in Oncology

Innovation in oncology drug development is being driven by “precision medicine.” Precision medicine promises a new paradigm in oncology where every patient receives truly personalized treatment. This approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention utilizes a holistic view of the patient—from their genes and their environment to their lifestyle—to make more accurate decisions. Growing at...